65th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic Begins October 5

Nov 07, 2019
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Join the ranks of anglers targeting striped bass and bluefish from the shores of Long Beach Island as the 65th annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic commences Saturday, Oct. 5.

Registration is still open for the nine-week derby – one of the nation’s oldest and most storied surfcasting tournaments – which runs through Dec. 8 and offers thousands of dollars in prizes.

Adult entry is $30, and $15 for kids 17 and under. Registration includes a commemorative tournament hat and decal, as well as a coupon for a free slice of Panzone’s cheese pizza. Early registrants also get a tourney T-shirt while supplies last. Free shirt cutoff is Oct. 5 or when the shirts run out – whichever comes first.

New for this year, on sale while supplies last at all three official sign-up and weigh-in stations – Fisherman’s Headquarters, Jingles Bait & Tackle and Surf City Bait & Tackle – are some super sweet commemorative long sleeved T-shirts and hoodies.”

Proceeds from the tournament, organized by the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee in partnership with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, go toward event prize distribution, with a portion benefiting local high school scholarships.

This year there are 65 $100 cash daily prizes for each species; nine weekly $150 cash prizes, also for each species; and $500 cash for each of the three-week segments, both for bass and bluefish. The grand prize winner in the striped bass division will receive $2,000 in cash and a Penn reel. The top bluefish of the tournament earns $1,000 cash and a Penn reel.

A number of junior, ladies, senior citizen and bonus prizes are also up for grabs, as well as many special prizes, including awards for the biggest striper caught on particular days throughout the competition. All Bonus Days, and other additional information on prizes and rules, are noted on the website.

Registration details are available at the participating weigh stations – Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Surf City Bait & Tackle and Jingle’s Bait & Tackle in Beach Haven – or online at lbisfc.com.